If reading about people who make their living from writing about their favourite places and life stories in their blog makes you want to start your own blog – why not start now? It’s never too late! With the right mindset, great quality content and a good amount of traffic browsing your blog, you’ll be able to start making your first earnings in no time. You might only want to have some extra income every month and still continue your full-time job, that’s fine too! As this article in Forbes mentions, blogging is not only a fulfilling hobby, but it’s also a great way to make money, either as a full-time career or as a side hustle and if you can support your home business with social media – even more opportunities may come your way! Now what you are wondering is: how to make money from blogging? That’s the real question, let’s jump into it.
Take advantage of affiliate marketing
What’s better than talking about products you love, linking the products so your audience can enjoy them as well and then, when people click on your unique product link and purchase the products, you earn a commission? The perfect passive income, win-win for both you and your audience. You can either join affiliate programs, such as Amazon Associates, or find relevant products for your audience via an affiliate network, such as ShareASale.
Open an online store
Once you have a steady amount of traffic going to your blog and an interactive audience, it’s time to open up your own online store with branded products or with products that are targeted to your audience. For instance, if you have a blog about eco-friendly products and sustainability, you can create your very own non-plastic reusable products with your brand’s logo. Ad Lab Magento agency London recommends opening up a WooCommerce or Magento store for your eCommerce ventures. WooCommerce is a free WordPress plugin which is ideal for a small number of products whilst Magento is perfect for medium to large stores.
Run Google AdSense ads
Google AdSense is a free, quick and simple way to display ads on your blog and in turn, earn money when people interact with those ads. Plus, the ads will be relevant to your blog and audience and if you are not happy with an ad, you can easily block it.
Write paid reviews and guest blog posts
If your blog is generating a good amount of traffic, companies might get in touch looking to send you products to review or to write posts about their products or services. If you are a smaller creator, you can approach companies yourself with your ideas or join websites like PayPerPost and connect with businesses that might be interested.
Sell your blogging skills
Now that you’ve got a booming blog and are earning a bit on the side from it, you can also add to those earnings by selling the skills you’ve acquired whilst blogging. Add a hire me page on your blog for companies to reach you when they are looking for people with blogging skills within your niche, such as writing reviews, copywriting, photography and social media management.